Metaverse Lessons From Hollywood

Decades ago, Steve Perlman’s technology helped kick-start an era in which figments of Hollywood imagination feel increasingly authentic.

Now, Mark Zuckerberg and other technologists are dreaming of a future in which we spend more of our time in immersive digital worlds, called the “metaverse.” And Perlman has advice for metaverse creators: Focus on the face.

What Perlman means is that in movies and sophisticated video games, ingenious technology and creative professionals have combined to create increasingly lifelike virtual creatures. They do that by focusing on detailed facial expressions and body movements.

Think about Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings” movies, many Marvel movie superheroes or Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button, a man who ages in reverse. They aren’t real, but we can connect to them and their emotions.